|The Gainesville team celebrates their one-million-hour safety milestone.|
Gainesville, Ga. (Tuesday, August 19, 2014) — Associates at Perdue’s Gainesville operation celebrated a first-time safety milestone after working one million production hours without experiencing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable lost-time case. Counting toward the milestone began in March 2013.
To celebrate, the operation’s 365 associates were served lunch and each associate received from Perdue a commemorative T-shirt in recognition of their achievement.
“It is very important to recognize that it was our associates who made this milestone possible for the first time here in Gainesville,” said Tommy Waters, Perdue director of operations. “Perdue has a strong safety program, but it takes the cooperation and commitment of all of our associates to make it work, and be successful.”
The Gainesville operation includes associates from two further-processing plants, shipping and receiving, maintenance, refrigeration, wastewater, purchasing, sales, accounting, marketing and information technology.
According to Waters, Perdue has a standard, companywide safety program that encourages active employee participation and input. Associates take part in safety committees, which meet regularly to discuss safety issues, as well as perform safety inspections before the start of each shift. Associates have the authority to stop production or prevent start-up if any unsafe condition exists. In addition, every associate attends safety awareness training, and is encouraged to look for and report any potential hazard.
Perdue is a leader in workplace safety
Perdue is a leader in workplace safety among all Georgia industries and all industries nationwide combined. According to statistics released by the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, during their most recently reported year in 2012, the lost-time rate for all Georgia industries combined was 1.5 per 100 workers.
According to those same Bureau of Labor statistics, the nationwide lost-time rate for all industries combined for that same year was 1.9 per 100 workers annually, while Perdue’s companywide rate during that year was 0.15 per 100 associates. As of June 2014, Perdue’s lost-time rate was .21 per 100 associates.
Perdue’s companywide OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate is 2.10 as compared to the current Poultry Industry rate of 4.90, and is also better than the General Manufacturing rate of 4.30.
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®, HARVESTLAND®, and COLEMAN NATURAL® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms and our Corporate Responsibility Report at www.perduefarms.com.